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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

At East Limestone Family Dental, we know the importance of keeping our patients informed. We’ve collected some of most common questions our patients have, and answered them all here. If you need to know more, or have questions that aren’t covered, we’re more than happy to provide you with answers.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

At East Limestone Family Dental, we know the importance of keeping our patients informed. We’ve collected some of most common questions our patients have, and answered them all here. If you need to know more, or have questions that aren’t covered, we’re more than happy to provide you with answers.

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Are you accepting new dental patients?
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We have always welcomed new patients into our office and would love the opportunity to meet you. Please contact us through this website or by phone  to let us know how we can help.

(256) 216-8525
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What insurance plans do you accept?
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We are in-network providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield Alabama, Delta Dental, Southland, and DentaNet.

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Do you offer payment plans?
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Yes, we have several payment options to make your dentistry affordable, including interest-free financing.

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How often should I see my dentist?
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You should visit your dentist at least every six months or more frequently to get your teeth cleaned. By seeing your dentist twice a year, your dentist can monitor your oral health and help you prevent any problems that may arise before they become uncomfortable or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. The dentist may suggest more frequent visits, depending on the diagnosis.

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At what age should my child first come to the dentist?
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It is usually not necessary before age three, unless you notice something unusual when you are helping them brush their teeth. Look for dark stains or bleeding gums. A small flashlight will come in handy. We recommend bringing your child with you when you have your teeth cleaned so they can learn that visiting the dentist will be a fun experience.

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When will my child lose his/her baby teeth?
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Children will begin losing their teeth at approximately age five. They will usually lose their front teeth first. Children will continue to lose baby teeth until the age of 12 or 13 when all of the permanent teeth finally erupt.

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Are dental x-rays safe?
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We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources. Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.  Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.

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How often should dental x-rays be taken?
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The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease. A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bitewing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (checkup) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

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What does tooth whitening involve?
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This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits.  At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit and adjustments will be made, if necessary.  The trays are worn with special whitening solution either once a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks, depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.  It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.

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Does bleaching damage the teeth?
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No. When carbamide peroxide, the active whitening agent, contacts water, hydrogen peroxide is released which whitens the teeth. Bleaching does not soften, demineralize or weaken the teeth.

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What causes tooth decay?
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Tooth decay is caused by plaque in your mouth reacting with sugary and starchy deposits from food. This reaction produces acid which damages the enamel over time and weakens the tooth.

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How are composite fillings placed?
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Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay, as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function. It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; however, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings

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What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
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Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist. On the second visit, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond.  Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond. You will receive care instructions for veneers.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.

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What does getting a crown involve?
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A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown.  A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown, which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.  Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly. At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.

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What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
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Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits.  While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown.  Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.  In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment. At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.  Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge.  The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.

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What are dental implants and how do they work?
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Dental implants are substitutes for natural tooth roots and rely on the jawbone for support. Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble real teeth.

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Are there any alternatives to dentures?
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Dentures are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has few or no restorable teeth. Strategically placed support, or implants, can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the “feel” of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative of choice to dentures, but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Call your dentist for advice.

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Why would I need a root canal?
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Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The most common reasons for inflammation or infection are deep decay (caries), repeated dental procedures, cracks or fractures. Trauma can also cause inflammation and often shows up as discoloration of the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. Occasionally, your dentist may recommend endodontic treatment, even though your tooth does not bother you, in anticipation of future problems.

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Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?
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Toothache pain is the main reason for patients seeking treatment. Fortunately, modern anesthetics can make the procedure pain free, in most cases. Seeking treatment early makes the procedure more comfortable, so don’t wait. When caught early, root canal treatment should feel no different than a regular filling. For the first few days after treatment, there may be some sensitivity to biting pressure, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Sometimes over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (like Advil) are recommended for a day or two.

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15059 E Limestone Rd, Harvest, AL 35749

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